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Challenge: Self Portrait VI (Advanced Editing V*)
Camera: Olympus E-500 EVOLT
Lens: Olympus 40-150mm f/3.5-4.5 Zuiko Digital
Date: Nov 29, 2007
Date Uploaded: Nov 29, 2007

Well - here I am. I'm 39.5 and have 6 more months till I turn 40.

I'd like to thank Mary Kay cosmetics and the makers of Photoshop for making this picture possible lol. :) My biggest fear is that voters will not think I look like a woman - yipes.

One thing I wanted to do with this was bring more focus to the eyes. I love portraits that seem to make the eyes sharp and everything else kind of fade away. Not quite totally what I envisioned, but it will have to do.

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Place: 143 out of 241
Avg (all users): 5.4448
Avg (commenters): 6.6429
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Views since voting: 755
Views during voting: 446
Votes: 308
Comments: 22
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12/14/2007 08:41:05 PM
Stunning photo. You look so young! Really like the tones on this one.
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12/13/2007 01:24:26 AM
Heh! Love your comments.. And this is a very good portrait! I'd say you very much achieved your goal of focusing on the eyes - they definitely grab the viewer and pull them in - and they're gorgeous eyes, too. Very nice work!
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12/12/2007 10:41:17 AM
Michelle! You are BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!!!
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12/12/2007 08:58:47 AM
Looking good. Personally... the 40s have been my best decade. So I encourage you to make it your very best.
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12/12/2007 04:31:29 AM
well i guess we gave up on the mentor/mentoree thing then.

good luck in future stuff, keep at it and keep doing what YOU like best x
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12/12/2007 03:27:58 AM
Quite nice. Don't sweat 40 - I hit it last April and I haven't minded a bit! :)
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12/12/2007 03:22:28 AM
Well, you know I've liked this for a while now. And congrats on looking quite lovely for at least 6 more months ;)
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12/12/2007 01:17:35 AM
You look maaaaaaavelous! Except is seems you have just had a run in with a guillotine. j/k
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
12/07/2007 09:57:55 PM
A nice self portrait. Cool posing, actually warm posing. I bet your eyes also very beautiful in color. DOF is a bit too much for me in this photo. I would love to see your lips shining like your eyes as well :)
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12/07/2007 07:27:03 PM
Loverly, the eyes, expression, well done.
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12/06/2007 09:17:26 AM
Not too bad... angle is very distracting especially with no foundation (neck, body, etc.)
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12/05/2007 10:16:17 PM
Such expressive eyes, like the angle as well.
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12/05/2007 09:45:25 PM
20? 30? 40? Although I wouldn't guessed the latter! Nice angle and framing. BB
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12/05/2007 05:39:29 PM
Nicely done
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12/05/2007 05:33:36 PM
Not facing it very well considering you fell over. ;-)
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12/05/2007 04:55:34 PM
Me, too! Well, in a year and 2 months. Beats the alternative, as they say ;-) I like the perspective; it makes it feel very much like I'm intruding on an introspective moment.
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12/05/2007 01:41:08 PM
I love the different perspective of this. Great hair cushioning you. Lovely.
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12/05/2007 12:28:37 PM
Well. . .you are certainly doing it graciously and beautifully! :)
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12/05/2007 09:47:18 AM
I'm guessing we're facing the same milestone... I'll be 40 on 2/21/08. Bah! :)
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12/05/2007 08:35:39 AM
Great lighting, and DOF, with a lovely expression. Nice work.
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12/05/2007 06:03:33 AM
Yup hitting your 20's must be hard!! Fantastic SP, it feels like it should be on the cover of a CD for a jazz/soul singer.

Love the unusual angle and the fact that the eyes are not looking at but beyond the camera.

Great B&W conversion too
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12/05/2007 03:45:46 AM
A good perspective - Its worth extra points as it asks you to be creative !
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